Review of ‘My Boss’ by Niall M Oliver

Nigel Kent - Poet

I have always enjoyed poetry that explores the workplace and have spent many happy hours with the work of Fred Voss at the aircraft factory, with Martin Hayes at the courier service and with Philip Levine on the assembly lines. Niall Oliver’s My Boss is another to add to that section on the bookshelf. His pamphlet was judged to be runner-up in Hedgehog Poetry’s Baker’s Dozen competition for pamphlets of thirteen poems, but I can see why editor, Mark Davidson, couldn’t resist the urge to publish it.

My Boss is an unusual, quirky pamphlet. All poems share the same title and first line, My Boss, and collectively build a picture of the sort of manager that is instantly recognisable as the boss we love to hate. This the narcissistic boss who believes the world revolves around him; the boss who believes he is always right (‘a businessgod’); the…

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